I never thought how cool an animation looks even if it's very sketchy. I think I am going to work like that from now on as it's a lot more helpful. Clearing up should be easier.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Bill Plympton is an American animator and cartoonist best known for the Academy Award winning Your Face(1987). With his unique style in character design and bizarre storytelling, Plympton was nominated for an Academy Award and is one of the most prolific independent animators working today.Coming from Portland. Oregon he credits Oregon's rainy climate for his drawing skills. In 1968 he moved to New York where he began a year of study at The School of Visual Arts. He later began illustrating for famous magazines like The New York Times, Vogue and Penthouse. Plympton's themes usually include the pathetic aspects of daily life and the attitudes of the politicians. "Describing his own work as 'like an animated David Lynch', Plympton combines the physical excesses of Tex Avery cartoons, the Dali-esque incongruities of form, the sence of absence and present in the work of Magritte, the trip sensibility of Robert Crumb, and the independent off-centre pre-occupations of Jim Jarmusch." (Patterson, 2000: 424)
One of his famous animations is The Tune(1992)(FIG.2). This animated musical comedy tells the story of Del, a songwriter who is in desperate need of a song idea. His boss storms in and gives just 47 minutes to come up with a song otherwise he will loose his job and his lover, the boss's secretary. His fantastic experience during his trip to the town of Flooby Nooby gave him the inspiration he was looking for. This unique animation with its ink and water colour texture, fully done by just Plymton himself has received wide-spread critical acclaim and named him as the fine artist cartoonist.
Patterson, Hannah(2000)Contemporary North American film directors: a Wallflower critical guide.London: WallfloweR
List of Illustrations
FIG.1: Bill Plympton At: http://www.epichuynh.com/2010_07_01_archive.html (accessed on 26/3/2011)
FIG.2: The Tune At: http://www.animationconversation.com/2010/06/ (accessed on 26/3/2011)
FIG.3: The Tune At: http://www.taringa.net/posts/tv-peliculas-series/2003996/The-Tune---Bill-Plympton.html (accessed on 26/3/2011)
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Jiri Barta is a Czech stop motion animator famous for his use of wood carved characters and settings in his animations. He is one of the greatest inspiring personalities of both Czech and world animated film. His work has regularly taken Grand Prize at prestigious film festivals with The Pied Piper of Hamelin (FIG.2)(1985) which stands out as one of his greatest artworks. Mixing the aesthetic traditions of Gaudi, Poe, The Brothers Quay and Svankmajer, Jiri Barta has made wonderous creations which are far from the well known fairytales and expose a gothic sensation of fantasy and dreamlands. Like Svankmajer, his work leans towards the grotesque in his imagery.
As mentioned one of his best known animations is The Pied Piper of Hamelin which is based on the well known fairy tale. The story takes place in a peculiar world, a world which looks like it burst out of the work of Expressionist and Cubist painters. The small town looks like no other, with crooked buildings made out of meticulously carved wood. The detail on each house is extraordinary; which makes it a great reason to observe the amount of effort which has been put into them. The town could somehow be considered as an outocome of the village in Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari(1920) which share the same idea of a town which has no logic in its layout or structure with a distorted perspective.. "This distinctly individual world bears little to no resemblance to any genuine location or time, and yet ties into varying myths and familiar lore, particularly connecting to Barta’s preoccupation with materialism and its consequences." (Jediny.2007)
Although the characters are quite weird looking Cubist inspired figures with puzzling facial features, they appear to act like normal townsmen who feast on food, haggle over market places and frustrate with their veins popping out. One thing Jiri Barta succeeds in this film is to make his characters characters believable out of a totally made up world inspired by painters. The rest of the puppets differ from the protagonist which is The Pied Piper. He looks rather normal looking with softer features, unlike the rest with their over stretched chins and bodies. The wooden puppets also make a striking contrast with the realistic, fury rats that invade the town. There is also a great us of sound effects and music in the film which reflects the grotesque mood of the film. Jiri Barta chose not to give this film a dialogue but to make the villagers speak an alien language. "T
In conclusion. Jiri Barta has been included in the list of the most inspiring nimators of the 20th century. His gothic and strange artwork is still being inspirational to modern animators and artists and will continue to be. His detailed artwork will still be admired and mybe some day will make artists give another go to materialised animation and leave the computer generated ones to the side.
Jedini, Jenny(2007) The Animation of Jiri Barta At: http://www.notcoming.com/features/jiribarta/ (accessed on 26/3/2011)
http://www.kinoeye.org/02/01/kosulicova01_no2.php (accessed on 26/3/2011)
List of Illustrations
FIG.1: Jiri Barta At: http://mubi.com/lists/9789 (accessed on 26/3/2011)
FIG.2: Film Still At: http://gotankgo.blogspot.com/2010/04/krysar-pied-piper-of-hamelin-1985.html (accessed on 26/3/2011)
FIG.3: Film Still At: http://www.filmwalrus.com/2008/05/review-of-pied-piper-of-hamelin-1985.html (accessed on 26/3/2011)
Thursday, 24 March 2011
This is a small arrangement of my scenes and frames in case I get confused. So it's been worked out that me animation will last for about 54 seconds and my drawing will be around 648. Ugh..long long way to go.
W is Wayne and F. is Francis(the fridge)
W is Wayne and F. is Francis(the fridge)
W. lights the candles.
W. holding the smoking match and smiling. He looks on the left at the clock.
Zooming out from the candles
The clock strikes 20:50.
Zooming into the clock.
W. is shocked at the time.
Zooming out from the clock and showing the kitchen.
W. fixes his bowtie.
W. runs into the other room to get the food. F. moves suspiciously.
Zooming out then static.
W. walks in and leaves a bowl of salad on the table. F. stands still.
W. walks out again. F. walks towards the table slurping.
W. walks in and leaves the plate with the pasta. F. stands still again.
W. walks out. F. sticks his tongue out and grabs the salad bowl.
W. walks in and places the plates and crockery.
W. walks out. F. stick his tongue out again and eats whatever is on the table leaving a mess behind.
W. walks in carrying to wine glasses and a bottle of wine. He looks at the state of the table and shocked, he drops the glasses. He scratches his head and looks at the fridge which was covered in pasta sauce. H e approaches it.
F. grabs the wine bottle from W. hands and swallows him with it.
W. fights to get out of F.
F. spits out W. He is naked holding a cake covering his parts.
W. is naked
Camera moving from W. legs to his face.
W. is hocked as he hears the door opening.
Camera zooming rapidly in his shocked eyes.
The girlfriend walks in the kitchen.
Zooming out from W. to the girlfriend's legs.